Understanding the 1619 Project

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University of Oklahoma

Dr. Karlos K. Hill serves as Chair and Associate Professor of the Clara Luper Department of African and African American Studies at the University of Oklahoma. He founded the Tulsa Race Massacre Oklahoma Teachers Summer Institute to teach the history of the 1921 Race Massacre to middle and high school students. Hill has been a featured expert on Vox’s Juneteenth documentary short, as well as national media including Time, USA Today and CNN. Professor Hill is the author of three groundbreaking books: Beyond the Rope: The Impact of Lynching on Black Culture and Memory, The Murder of Emmett Till: A Graphic History, and The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre: A Photographic History.



In August 2019, The New York Times published a series of feature stories entitled the 1619 Project in order to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the arrival of enslaved Africans to British North America. Subsequently, the 1619 Project has gone viral and perhaps sparked the most important societal debate in a generation about the importance of American slavery to founding of the United States. In response to what many conservatives perceived as the 1619 Project’s unpatriotic and anti-America rhetoric, in January 2021 the Trump administration released the 1776 Report as a rebuttal to the 1619 Project’s overarching narrative and key claims. In this course, Professor Hill will provide a detailed overview of the project’s mission, goals, arguments, key advocates, and opponents. The presentation will contextualize the 1619 Project’s impact, as well as explain why it continues to spark controversy.



Professor Hill’s Recommended Reading:


“How the 1619 Project Came Together – The New York Times.” Accessed August 9, 2021. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/18/reader-center/1619-project-slavery-jamestown.html.


“The 1619 Project.” The New York Times, August 14, 2019, sec. Magazine. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/08/14/magazine/1619-america-slavery.html, https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/08/14/magazine/1619-america-slavery.html.


Pulitzer Center. “The 1619 Project Reading Guide: Quotes, Key Terms, and Questions.” Accessed August 9, 2021. https://pulitzercenter.org/builder/lesson/1619-project-reading-guide-quotes-key-terms-and-questions.


Schwartz, Sarah. “Lawmakers Push to Ban ‘1619 Project’ From Schools.” Education Week, February 3, 2021, sec. Social Studies. https://www.edweek.org/teaching-learning/lawmakers-push-to-ban-1619-project-from-schools/2021/02.


Serwer, Adam. “The Fight Over the 1619 Project Is Not About the Facts.” The Atlantic, December 23, 2019. https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/12/historians-clash-1619-project/604093/.


“We Respond to the Historians Who Critiqued The 1619 Project – The New York Times.” Accessed August 9, 2021. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/20/magazine/we-respond-to-the-historians-who-critiqued-the-1619-project.html.




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barbara ann.fields

Why this matters

I have read the 1690 Project and I see that slavery was very important to the development of this country. I find it irrevelent to discuss the outcome as to whether the colonists were fighting for freedom from British rule or the right to have slaves, the outcome was/is the same.
Thank you for your lecture.
I have been exposed to another view.

1 year ago
Linnea Masson

Excellent talk

Wonderful, insightful talk on the 1619 Project.
Excellent delivery of the subject by Karlos Hill who was erudite and very well prepared. I would definitely listen to other lectures given by him.

1 year ago
Marlene Mitchell

1619 project

Very informative. Clear and organized presentation, particularly the part of the essay that has created so much controversy.

1 year ago
Stuart Greenman


On the basis of this presentation, I’d gladly listen to anything Dr. Hill wanted to talk about. He’s a pleasure to listen to, incredibly lucid, knowledgeable, judicious, and warm. And the topic is socially and culturally urgent.

1 year ago
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